Dodge City, Kansas

Dodge City Business Signs

Dodge City is a, well, city located in the southwestern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Kansas.  Prior to European incursions, this area had been inhabited since as early as 3,000 B.C.  At the time when Europeans first arrived, the Kansa-Osage had become prevalent.  As for Dodge City, Kansas itself, however, the first non-indigenous settlement in this area, Fort Mann, was established in 1847.  Fort Mann was destroyed in a Native American raid the following year, so Fort Larned was built in 1859.  Following the Civil War, in April of 1865, Major General Grenville M. Dodge, Commander of the 11th and 16th Kansas Cavalry Regiments, established Fort Dodge.  Eventually, Dodge City was founded in 1872 and officially incorporated into a city in 1875.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Dodge City, Kansas has a total population of 27,453 people.  Dodge City, Kansas also has the honor of serving as the county seat of Ford County, Kansas.

Historically, Dodge City, Kansas has been known as a wild west Cowtown.  In fact, the T.V. show Gunsmoke (which ran from 1955 to 1975, making it the longest-running prime-time T.V. drama in American history), was set in Dodge City.  This show followed the adventures of fictional U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon – based on the real Dodge City Marshal Wyatt Earp.  The show was also famous for popularizing the expression “get [the hell] out of Dodge” – meaning to leave a dangerous area.  These days, one of the mottos of Dodge City, Kansas is “get [the hell] in Dodge!”  This motto just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

As for modern day Dodge City, Kansas, the current industry dominating the landscape (other than tourism) is undoubtedly that of meat packing and processing.  In fact, Cargill Meat Solutions and National Beef both maintain large facilities in the area.  According to a 2010 report by the Dodge City Development Corporation, the largest employers in Dodge City, Kansas are the National Beef Packing Company, providing 2,950 local jobs, Cargill Meat Solutions, providing 2,700 local jobs, Unified School District #433, providing 1,292 local jobs, and, of course, Wal-Mart Super Center, providing 400 local jobs.

Dodge City, Kansas isn’t all about meat packing and Wal-Mart, however.  No, the city also boasts a few attractions such as The Boot Hill Museum.  The Boot Hill Museum features “thousands of artifacts and a variety of exhibits portraying the culture of the city’s early years.”  Additionally, Dodge City also contains the Long Branch Saloon, Long branch Variety Show, and, inevitably, the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

As for sports, Dodge City, Kansas is home to Champions Indoor Football’s Dodge City Law.  Dodge City, Kansas is also home to the Dodge City Athletics, a collegiate summer baseball team in the Jayhawk Collegiate League of the National Baseball Congress.  Dodge City Raceway Park, located just outside the main city area, hosts midget and sprint car racing from April through October on an annual basis.

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Dodge City, Kansas area?  Ever considered embarking upon such an exhilarating endeavor?  The resources listed below should help guide you if you do decide to take up such a mantle:

Apply for a Business License in Dodge City, Kansas:

Dodge City, Kansas Economic Development:

Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce:

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